Electric – About 85% of customers can and have to shop around for electricity savings. The utilities in Texas no longer provide electric service. If your utility is Oncor (Dallas/Fort Worth), Centerpoint (Houston), AEP Texas (Corpus Christi, Abilene), Texas- New Mexico Power, or Sharyland, then you must use a Retail Electric Supplier (REP). In Texas, you may chose a provider based on whatever you like (price, customer service, green power, etc). You will receive invoices and customer service from them, however if there is a power outage the utility still maintains the wires, lines, poles, etc.
Areas not open – City of Austin, SWEPCO, El Paso Electricity, Entergy, Southwestern Public Service (Xcel), CoServe, Co-op, or a city owned municipality.
In areas where there is choice, EAS multifamily clients take advantage of ancillary income from referral programs that are established. For more details contact EAS.
Natural Gas – Centerpoint (Houston): In this part of Texas, large business customers using 3650 MCF annually qualify to shop for natural gas pricing. For the multifamily industry, most properties that have a master meter qualify.
Atmos (Dallas) – There is a choice program but unless the volume is very large there is not much cost savings.
Texas Gas Works (Austin and El Paso) – There is a choice program, however to go to transportation ,the delivery cost increase. Large consumers of natural gas may still see a nice savings. Contact EAS to review your natural gas load in Texas to see if there is a savings for you.